Spawned From Hate - Withered & Decayed
01 - Withered & Decayed
02 - Aphyxiate
03 - Empty Grave
04 - Biotech Contagion
Spawned From Hate
Dan Phipps - Vocals
Lee Foley - Guitars/Drum Programming
Scott Smith - Guitars
Dave Hudson - Bass
All music & lyrics written by Spawned From Hate
All music recorded by David Hudson & Lee Foley
Mixed by Lee Foley
Vocals recorded by James Walford at Rapture Audio www.raptureaudio.co.uk
Cover Art by Phil Tolfree of Flayed Disciple
Released on Torn Flesh Records, October, 2012
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October 14, 2012
Spawned From Hate - Withered & Decayed Review
My first impression of this album was its sweet cover. It looks pretty brutal. While it is a great album cover, I must admit it doesn't portray the band in a completely accurate manner. Spawned From Hate actually have a more refined sound to them. They sound very clean, and have a hint of the old school sound in them. This is very apparent in the vocals, which, though not understandable, are pretty straight forward. There's not much variation in them, but they have a good recording quality. The lack of variation really doesn't matter much. The vocals perhaps could be a bit louder, but they still sound good the way they are EQd.
The guitar has a very light distortion to it. The melodic lead provides a nice variation. It's relatively simple, though in some parts the timing seems off. The lead is very clean sounding. There is a little bit more distortion on the power chord background, which provides a simple rhythm part.
The bass is good. You can hear it well in some parts; in some parts it blends into background. It's hard to tell, but perhaps mimicking guitar? Overall the bass has a nice clean sound.
The drums are clean, accurate, and have a nice double bass. The kit sounds good, and for the most part the cymbals dont sound crappy, though on Biotech Contagion (track four) the cymbals sound a little fake. Still, a vey good sound for a machine, and well programmed too. It switches between rock and blast beats, both of which are really easy to lock into the beat. Very good drums.
Lastly I'd like to mention that this is one of the few albums that uses sides. Confused? I'm talking about when the instrument is coming out of one side, not both, or mostly out of the left but a little in the right. The balance. Although most bands don't do this to a noticeable extent, this band does. Therefore, it's a plus on their part, as it adds to the listening experience. Although the album is pretty light overall, I still enjoyed it, and this is an album I can honestly recommend.